I have been working on larger panels for a while and it was really fun to return to this small 6"x6". I can't seem to get the variety of colors that are in the painting to show up in my photos, which is a little frustrating for me. This was a fun painting to do and it reminded me of some of the things I really like doing when I am painting.
I could paint reflections in water all day long! I tried a different approach to the process of doing this painting by starting in the middle with the people in the boat and painting that first. Then I just worked out from there. I am always a bit intimidated by painting little itty bitty people as it is very easy to try and put too much detail in them which looks unreal and fussy. The trick is to keep it loose but have enough detail to identify them and their postures. I used a fairly limited palette in this piece which does seem to unify it. Even though it is a rather silly scene (a giant swan pushing a boat) it also is very bucolic I think, which is the whole point.
My niece lives and works in Antarctica. Although I am fairly sure she was just goofing when this photo was taken, I think it expresses a lot about her and about life in general. There are those moments when we are in the frozen tundra of existence and we are seeking that voice to guide us. Rebekah's life is certainly driven by that desire. She is also a very brave woman who wants to see it all and experience it all!
Thanks to a brilliant and spontaneous photo, I was able to tell the story. I think that the many hours I spent as a child studying Norman Rockwell's illustrations probably show their influence on my love of story telling.
The most fun in painting this was the folds of the tunic, but how can anyone resist the excitement she expresses in picking her first flower. Someday someone will tell her that dandelions are weeds, but until then, what magic there is in crawling in a field of flowers!
This is definitely a "Favorite Thing." Sledding and eating s'mores with my grandkids and their parents on a beautiful winter day in Vermont. Today I awoke to a dusting of snow. Well that is spring in our lovely state and it will melt before noon. Unfortunately I got a glare on the photo in the bottom right corner.